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Defra launches remote sensing contaminated land project

Developing the use of remote sensing for contaminated land management is the focus of a new project launched by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Tender documents for the work state that the research project will explore the use of drone and remote sensing technology to help tackle water pollution arising from metal mines in Wales and England.

Defra has said that it looking to work with an academic partner or commercial company to trial different drones and Hyperspectral sensors.

According to Defra, intention is for the work to feed into and influence remediation strategies being developed by regulators for priority catchments, as well as evaluate effective use of remote sensing technology for wider government site investigation and land use compliance monitoring.

Defra has said that it believes the project will create opportunity for research institutions and innovators and the findings will be disseminated at the 4th Annual International Mine Xchange event in Wales in March 2020.

The contract will run from February until March 2020 but the closing date for submitting tenders for the work is 23 January.

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